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Protesters Oppose PawSox Plan For New Stadium With Public Subsidies

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Dozens of protesters gathered Monday afternoon outside a meeting of the PawSox' owners and the Interstate-195 Redevelopment Commission. The team is...

Dozens of protesters gathered Monday afternoon outside a meeting of the PawSox' owners and the Interstate-195 Redevelopment Commission.

The team is making its pitch for a stadium in downtown Providence with financial assistance from the state.

Gary Whitney, a North Kingstown resident who participated in the protest, said he doesn't believe any public money should be used for the project.

"I’m angry over the way these guys are talking about spending millions of my and the rest of our tax money," Whitney said. "I don’t think that the public’s going to benefit from it."

The PawSox have proposed a state subsidy of $120 million, paid out over 30 years, plus an exemption from city property taxes. They have run into opposition from some local residents and elected officials, who say the plan is too generous for the team and does not take into account the negative impact on neighborhoods and city services.

The PawSox ownership group argues that a stadium on the Providence waterfront would help jumpstart the local economy, including efforts to create a technology and healthcare hub around the proposed stadium site. The team also believes the estimate for potential tax revenue from a new stadium is conservative, and that money would help offset the cost to the city and the state.

Protesters Oppose PawSox Plan For New Stadium With Public Subsidies
Protesters Oppose PawSox Plan For New Stadium With Public Subsidies